The nineteenth-century painter John Martin is best known for his dramatic series of apocalyptic destruction and biblical catastrophe. Critical opinion was divided: writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton thought he was “the most original genius of the age”, while John Constable described him as, “a painter of pantomimes.” On the eve of Martin’s exhibition at Tate Britain—the largest display of his works since 1822—TATE ETC. explores his enduring influence on artists and film-makers.

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